Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Ok so its a little late! Like a month late… but when it comes to chocolate its better late than never! I made these little gems for Valentine’s day! Talk about being made with love… I put my whole heart (and the sleeve of my robe, dont tell anyone) into these cupcakes!

My Favorite Chocolate Cupcake Recipe:

Makes about 20 cupcakes

Ingredients:

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil

1 3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs

2 large egg yokes

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and baking soda. Carefully pour in boiling water and wisk until bubbling subsides and mixture is well blended, allow to cool for 5 min. Meanwhile, in a seprate large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on low speed, blend together melted butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Stir in eggs and yolks, mixing just until combined. Blend in cocoa mixture then blend in heavy cream. Slowly mix in flour and blend until combined, while scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Divide batter into lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 of the way full. Bake in preheated oven about 18-20 min. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Fresh Strawberry Buttercream:

2 sticks butter; softened

pinch of salt

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup strawberries, pureed (makes about 3 tablespoons)

Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the salt and powdered sugar, until combined. Add the vanilla and strawberry puree and beat until light and fluffy.

Frost your cupcakes, top with a chocolate covered strawberry, and share it with the one who you love most!

The one who I love most enjoyed these as a late night snack and let me tell you, his kises were extra sweet that night!

xx, Morgan

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